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A Biological Study of the Conecuh – Escambia Rivers
in the Vicinity of Brewton, Alabama


Lawrence, J.

Date: 1980

Funding Agency: State of Alabama

Keywords: conecuh, escambia, river, water quality, limnology

Category: Domestic Funded Research Report

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The 1980 study is the tenth
yearly survey of water quality and

biological productivity of the
Conecuh-Escambia Rivers conducted by

personnel of the Department of
Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures of

Auburn University. Prior to these
studies on the stretch of these

to these studies on the stretch of these two rivers between Brewton Alabama and
Escambia Bay, Florida, the Institute of Paper Chemistry of Appleton, Wisconsin
had conducted 15 surveys. The
primary objective of these yearly surveys is to determine if major changes in
water quality or biological productivity are evident during periods of low
river flow. The water quality survey is primarily concerned with nutrient analyses since chemists of Container Corporation of
America maintain a constant surveillance on dissolved oxygen and carbon
contents of these waters. Current biological studies utilize standardized sets
of benthic plate samplers, placed at fixed stations, and for uniform periods of time each year. The results
obtained by the 1980 survey are summarized in this report. It is noted that the
Conecuh-Escambia River system was again subjected to major flooding in the cooler
months of 1980, but the water level during this year’s sampling period was
lower than normal for the season.

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